Hats with different materials have different packing methods. The basic rules of packing a hat are as follows
1) Put a piece of clothing on the bottom of the suitcase
2) Turn the hat upside down and place it on a flat surface
3) Fill the crown of the hat with small items such as socks, underwear, T-shirts or vest
4) Place the full hat face up on the bottom of the empty suitcase
5) Put the remaining items around the hat and keep it in shape
Now that we have learned packing guidelines of a hat, following I will show you some packing methods of several common hats.
This raffia hat comes in two ways of packing. The first way is to fold the hat in half with the brim up as shown below. In this way, it is folded into a classic taco shape. There are two creases after it was been folded, while you have not to worry about this crease for it can be easily pressed by hand to make it quickly back into its original shape.
Actually, there is also a way to get it back into its original shape: hanging your hat in the bathroom while taking a shower and then work the shape back into the original shape with your fingers.
The second way is to fill the entire crown with small items such as socks and underwear. You can fill the crown with clean socks, underwear or rolled up shirts, then put the hat either brim down, or crown down, and finally put other clothes around the hat to fix it in this position. When deciding to put the hat brim down or crown down, you should carefully consider the original shape of the hat. The raffia hat has a parabolic shape. To keep it in good shape, the hat should be placed crown down.
Bucket hats and bonnie hats were developed from the original bucket hats in the early 20th century, and later they became separated hats because it was adapted by the military due to its functions. However, there are some similarities between the two hats in terms of materials. These styles of hats are usually easy to be packed because they are soft. Wrinkles are usually not a big problem, and when you open them, they usually look the same as before you pack them. This method can be applied to women’s bucket hats of the same shape and material.
Here is an unpacked bonnie hat in its original shape. Firstly, you can fold the hat in half, try to make the creases as neat as possible, and smooth the wrinkles like a folded shirt.
Once you have a neat crease, you start from one side and start rolling horizontally from side to side. When you have finished, you have a compact rolled-up bucket hat or a bonnie hat that you can easily put in your pocket or bag for later. You can even use the chin strap to secure this rolled-up shape.